Hanover Lodge, Regent’s Park

Originally designed by the architect John Nash and built around 1827, this has long been an impressive and striking London residence on Regent’s Park’s Outer Circle. The Grade II* listed property provides 2,400 m2 of accommodation and includes an underground swimming pool that can be converted into a ballroom. It boasts decadent entertaining spaces, a gymnasium, a gallery and staff accommodation.

Walter Lilly managed extensive alterations and refurbishment, which included opulent bedrooms, fitting out 10 luxurious bathrooms, a new kitchen and utility rooms, as well as the installation of a lift, food hoists and extensive electrical, mechanical and hi-tech audio-visual systems.

The 140 m2 private leisure area include the main swimming pool yoga room, training room, massage room, hammam, sauna and two chaging rooms. The swimming pool was constructed using a floating floor which can alter the depth of the pool, as well converting the pool into a ballroom.

In a property of this magnitude and value, attention to detail was paramount, especially as the design incorporated many bespoke features including ironmongery, joinery and marble. All finishes were of the finest quality and specified to an exacting standard.

The plasterwork was carried out to such a high quality that it won several prestigious industry awards. Walter Lilly ensured original features were restored from designs hand-drawn in situ and formed using intricate custom moulds, with dot and screed work employed to striking effect on the walls. The neo-classical Lutyens ceilings and covings – in the drawing room, lobby, bedrooms and stairs – were also painstakingly reinstated to their original palatial glory.

The finished project included external elements such as a new portico and two new entrance kiosks, as well as extensive landscaping and the creation of terraced areas.


Regent's Park, City of Westminster


Private Client


Project Manager: Peter Town Consulting
Architect: Quinlan & Francis Architects
PQS: Bernard Williams Associates
Structural Engineer: Morton Partnership Ltd
Services Engineer: Atelier Ten


Cast Stone Critics Circle Visual Arts & Architecture Award (Refurbishment) 2016
Silver Medal CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2012
Highly Commended CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2010
Federation of Plastering & Drywall Contractors Plasterers’ Awards (Fibrous & GRG Heritage) 2009
Winner Federation of Plastering & Drywall Contractors Awards (Internal Plastering) 2008
Highly Commended Federation of Plastering & Drywall Contractors Awards (Fibrous & GRG Heritage) 2008

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